Category Archives: Track & Field
It was Sophie’s third victory of the season and it brought her the National Title and the Gold Medal to add to her her U17 (2007) – U20 (2008) and U23 (2013) National Hammer titles.
As British record holder and European U23 champion Sophie Hitchon confirmed her place on the GB team for the European Championships, by winning with a throw of 65.56m. Sophie had already achieved the standard back in May and feels she’s still got a lot more to give and commented after the event “I’m obviously really happy but disappointed with my performance…. it was partly down to the conditions but I can perform a lot better than that. The result doesn’t show where I am at the minute but I’m fully confident that I can move forward.” Now on to the Commonwealth Games for Sophie with European Championship selection already settled.
Watch Sophie on Video HERE
On the Track Alison Leonard who is in great form at the moment and ranked 7th Nationally ran fractions outside her PB in the 800m Heat and Final. On Saturday in Heat 2 she clocked 2.01.94 to win it and then on Sunday in the final she ran 2.01.83 to take second place and the Silver Medal.
She was obviously delighted and told the Club that she was “So pleased… I just have to go out and try to run the European champs qualifier. I have until 14th July to try and run it and I’ve got the opportunity to run at the diamond league in Glasgow on 12th July so fingers crossed I can get close. I ran close to my pb 2days in a row so I would like to be able to break through to a new time! So pleased to get a senior uk medal, I feel like I’ve been working for it for a long time!”
See Interview with Alison HERE
The Harrier’s Upper Age Group squad had a great first season in the new League in 2013 winning the second division title and securing promotion to Division One. The first fixture saw the Club get out a strong squad again and won it which was a very good start to the season. Fixture two saw us lose a number of athletes and we finished a very disappointing fifth but less than 50 points from second place. At this weeks latest fixture – Round 3 – we were again without a number of athletes but we had new ones to draft in and pulled off a great result in winning the fixture which puts us back at the top of the League with one fixture to go. Everything to play for and another title to win!!
Full Results HERE
Great spirit in the squad exemplified by athletes stepping out of their ‘comfort’ zone and taking on events that they wouldn’t normally do and it is all credit to them. The final event of the day summed it all up with the Men’s 4 x 400m Relay. The squad led off by Byron Abbott, followed by Jake Almond, Connor Makin and then Joseph Howe battled every step. With Trafford bearing down on the home straight of the last leg, Joseph picked up a gear and held him off with a cracking run.
U17 Byron took on the 1500m (2nd) in 4.36.4 and the 1500m Steeplechase for the first time ever, winning in 5.15.8. U20 Joseph took a huge chunk off his 2000m SC PB by 39 seconds to set a new one of 6.48.0. He took third place in the 800m (2.06.0) and then helped out with Discus and Hammer to secure more good points for the Team. U20 Connor won the 400m in 53.4, won the 110m Hurdles with a new PB of 16.3secs, won the 400m Hurdles in 59.0sec and took fourth spot in the High Jump with 1.65m for a great total of points. U17 Jake Almond equaled his PB of 11.5 in finishing 2nd in the 100m then set a new PB in the 200m winning in 23.1sec before storming the second leg of the 4 x 400 relay.
In the Sprints U20 Paul Coffey won the 100m ‘A’ in a cracking race where the first three were all timed at 11.3sec. Paul did not let go and took the tape first. He then took second in the 200m in 22.9, took the ‘B’ 400m Race and won it with 57.3sec and also picked up second place points in the Triple Jump with 9.22m and another great bundle of points. U20 Gareth Johnson placed 2nd (12.4sec) in the ‘B’ 100m then took another second spot in the 200m (25.6) and a seasons best; Sophie Taylor was 4th (14.5sec) in the U20 ‘A’ 100m and Mariya Patel in her first ever competitive fixture ran 14.9sec in the ‘B’. Kayla Masterson set a PB in the U17’s 100m ‘A’ with 14.4sec. James Bamber took second spot in the U17 ‘B’ 200m with a new PB of 25.2 sec and then set another PB in the 100m Hurdles with 15.5sec. In the other Hurdles events, Amber Swinnerton who took 2nd place in the U17 High Jump with (1.45m) was 4th in 50.9 in the 300mH U17 ‘A’ Race and with Phoebe Howe being the only ‘B’ runner Phoebe won maximum points with 53.2sec – Ross Liddle cut half a second off his 400m Hurdle time winning in 60.5 sec in the U17 ‘A’ Race.
U17 Grace Handley went ‘above and beyond’ taking on the 800m (2nd) 2.30.9; 1500m (2nd) 5.09.3 and a ‘training run’ as she put it in the 3000m to win in 13.31.8. Olivia Wilson backed up Grace in the ‘B’ Race with a solid 2.47.8 third place and then in the 400m ‘B’ Race set a new PB of 68.9 in second place. In the ‘A’ Race Jacinta Davison had a seasons best of 69.4 (6th). Joe Campbell set a PB in the 3000m U20 ‘A’ Race finishing second in 10.02.04 and Robert Buckley being the only ‘B’ runner took maximum points with a time of 10.17.0 and the first time he has ever raced over this distance on the Track. Chris Richardson-Dulling backed up Byron in the U17 1500m finishing second (4.55.6) and ran 2.26.7 for 6th place in the 800m. New member Oliver Pearson-Moore – a javelin thrower stepped into help the squad by running the ‘B’ 800 in a time of 2.53.8. Chris Richardson-Dulling 6th (62.8) and Caleb Lee 5th (65.3) contested the U17 400m. Caleb went on to win the U20m ‘B’ High Jump (1.55m). U17 Lewis Jardine ran in the U20 800m and as he was the only runner, his time of 2.21.3 not only earned him a PB but the team maximum points.
In the Throws Rebecca Orrell continued her winning streak when she won the U17 Hammer with 46.95m. She then took 4th place in the Discus with 23.11m and 3rd place in the Shot (9.11m). In the U20 Hammer Rebecca Todd took maximum points by winning with a throw of 33.10m and Jacinta Davison made it a double maximum by winning the ‘B’ Hammer with 15.63m. Oliver Pearson-Moore (U17) had his first competitive League fixture in the Javelin and finished a good third with 30.02m. U17 Olivia Wilson set another PB in the Javelin (U20 event) with 3rd place and 21.19m with Sophie Taylor stepping into the ‘B’ and also setting a PB with 13.33m and Jane Saothong weighing in with a good third place in the U17 Javelin 17.80m.
In the Long Jump there were two 4th places in the U20’s for Caleb Lee (4.89m) and Gareth Johnson (4.62m); Natasha Mols 4th in the U20 (3.83m) and Mariya Patel (3.38m) and in the U17 Jane Saothong 5th (3.62m).
Gareth Johnson earned another 4th place in the U20 Triple Jump (8.07m) with Paul Coffey stepping in to help the team with a second place 9.22m in the ‘B’. Ross Liddle was down on his PB for the U17 Triple Jump but still took 4th place (9.92m). U20 Katie Buckingham in only her second Triple Jump in two years also placed 4th with 9.17m and got herself a new PB with Sophie Taylor in the ‘B’ also finishing 4th (8.16m). Natasha Mols set a seasons best in the U17 Triple Jump with 8.44m and a second place for good points in the U17 High Jump (1.35m).
Mid Lancs Track & Field League Saturday June 28th at Litherland
Not such a good a day as we have been used to recently in terms of the weather and the number of Harriers competing was down owing to other fixtures and races at the weekend but there still some good performances on the day.
Full Results HERE
Paul Coffey who is racing consistently well took the Senior 100m in a time of 11.30sec – with Dominic Bretherton in 4th (11.90) – and Paul then placed 2nd in the 200m (22.9sec) . Reece Philips, just back from injury and dipping his toe into training tested himself in the 200m Senior Race Heat 3 running 26.10 backing it up with a 58.70sec 400m. Brother Morgan Philips finished like a train to take second spot in the Senior Men’s 1500m (4.24.40).
Paul Wilkinson set a PB in the Senior Men’s Javelin (33.51) and son Oliver Wilkinson emulated that with his own PB in the U13’s Javelin (16.83m) and won the event. Paul threw another PB of 21.99m in the Discus. Connor Davison won the U17 Men’s Shot with 9.53m and the Discus being the only competitor (25.03m). Rebecca Orrell once again won the U17 Hammer with 45.34m.
U13 Ben Cecil who has competed a number of times in the last few weeks took second place in 100m (14.2) just one tenth outside his PB and then took another second place in the 200m with 29.20. Not content with that Ben then took to the Long Jump finishing 12th out of the 22 athletes (3.69m). Daniel Brown who always runs with a smile on his face and is a joy to watch ran 5.50.00 in the U13 Boys 1500m.
In the U13 Girls Charlotte Williams ran 15.10 for the 100m (4th) with Emily Warren winning her 100m Heat in 14.70, her first ever attempt at the distance. Before that Emily had taken on the 800m finishing 4th in 2.36.70sec, a couple of seconds outside her PB. In the U13 Girls Long Jump there were thirty one competitors with Eloise Littlefair (9th) 3.97m; Emily Warren 16th 3.72m and Kimberley Keller 30th 2.90m. Eloise LittleFair and Charlotte Williams took on the U13 Girls Discus with Eloise winning (19.58m) and Charlotte 3rd (15.67m) and Eloise winning the Javelin with a throw of 21.39m. In winning the Javelin with that distance, Eloise set another U13 Girls Record which she now adds to the others that she already holds in Discus (25.37m), Shot Putt (9.13m) and 70m Hurdles (12.2).
Gloriously hot weather greeted the athletes at Trafford for Round 3 of the YDL Lower Age Group Northern West One Division on Sunday. As in the first two fixtures, the Harriers finished sixth on the day but this shouldn’t distract from a lot of fine performances by the athletes in the U13 and U15 Age Group categories. Many of our U13’s are bottom of age and in their first year, so it is a steep learning curve for them, but they will benefit from the experience next year.
Full Results HERE
On the day the athletes provided eleven wins, six second and five third positions, twenty one personal bests and a new Club Record. This was set by Eloise Littlefair in the U13G Shot Putt with a throw of 9.13m beating the old record set by Caris Lake in 2001 (8.78m). This put her into 11th place in the National Rankings and 2nd in the North West. Eloise also won the ‘A’ 70mH in 12.4sec placing her 3rd in the North West Rankings and 55th Nationally and then she went on to win the Javelin with a throw of 20.80m to make it three events three wins. Anjalie Singh won the ‘B’ 70mH in a PB of 13.5 – Anjalie also set new PB’s in the Long Jump and Javelin to cap off a good day for her too. Elliot Grime (17.2sec) for the first time ever and Luis Billington (17.2sec) in only his second competitive attempt took on the U13 Boys 75m Hurdles. English Schools qualified Cameron Massey continued his good form winning the U15 ‘A’ 80m Hurdles in an untroubled 12.3sec putting him 3rd in the North West and and 16th in the National Rankings. Nicholas Smith took second place and a PB in the ‘B’ Race (16.0sec). In the Girls U15 80m Hurdles Esme Pearse (5th) ran 13.9sec and Eleanor Grime 4th (15.0 sec).
New member Sam Pearson-Moore had a great debut for the Club at his first ever competitive fixture. He finished second in the Javelin with 31.28m and not far from the winner who threw 33.03m. Sam then went and won the Discus ‘B’ with 18.01m to mark a very promising start. Jacob Roberts, another English Schools qualifier had a really fine day. He set two new PB’s in winning the ‘A’ Hammer in 39.58m and then came 3rd in the Pole Vault with 2.00m, an event which he hasn’t done at training this year. Jacob now stands at the top of the North West Rankings and 17th Nationally.
In the U13’s Seth Elliott threw 17.22m (5th) in the Javelin ‘A’ and Billy Walpole (5th) 16.93m in the ‘B’. Brother Jimmy Walpole finished 5th in the ‘B’ Shot Putt (3.91m) and Jamie Teare, willing as ever putted 4.52m for 6th place. Emily Warren supported the Throwers with a good 2nd in the U13G Shot (5.64m) and Baylie Thompson (4th) 13.10m and along with Rose Abbott (3rd) 11.55m took solid points in the U15 G Discus – Baylie then placed 6th in the Javelin (12.99m) and Megan Clarkson 4th with 7.98m. U15 Maddie Elliott helped out in the Shot Putt placing 6th (4.00m) as did Hanzala Hanif in the U15 Boys Shot with 6.08m (6th).
In the Sprints U15 Hanzala Hanif ran 16.5sec in the ‘A’ 100m (6th) and 2nd in the 200m ‘B’ (26.5sec) with Nicholas Massey 26.3sec (5th) in the ‘A’ 200 to equal his PB. U13 Ben Cecil (5th) 14.4 in the ‘A’ 100m and 4th (28.9sec) in the ‘A’ 200m along with Luis Billington (6th) in the ‘B’ with 15.3sec earned more points for the Club. Hannah Cookson and Eleanor Grime contested the U15G 100m and posted 14.2sec (5th) and 14.9sec (6th) respectively. Maddie Elliott (31.5sec) 6th and Rose Abbott (33.4sec) 6th rowed in and helped out in the U15 G 200m. U13 Emily Raine ran 11.2 sec (3rd) in the ‘A’ 75m and Olivia Blow 11.8sec (4th) in the ‘B’ Race which was a PB for her. Also running her second PB of the day was Emily Warren in the ‘A’ U13G 150m winning in 20.8sec with Amy Davies taking 6th spot (24.1sec) in the ‘B’ Race in her only second outing over the distance. Baylie Thompson tackled the U15G 300m ‘A’ (6th) 49.6sec and Megan Clarkson ran the ‘B’ (4th) in 48.2sec.
Over the Middle Distance events there were some really good performances. U13 Emily Warren set a new PB in the U13G 800m ‘A’ Race with 2.34.2 and ran it tactically spot on – in the ‘B’ Race Olivia Blow took 4th in 3.12.0. Hannah Cookson was another athlete who ran a tactically superb race on the day in the U15G 800m winning in 2.32.8. Megan Clarkson (4th) 5.19.4 and Maddie Elliott (2nd) 5.20.0 took good points in the U15 1500m Races. Amy Davies was just a fraction outside her 1200m PB in finishing 5th (4.19.3) in the U13G ‘A’ Race. Rhys Charnley was our only U15 800m runner on the day and posted 2.45.9 in finishing 6th. Billy Walpole (5th) 2.38.9 – his first ever outing over the distance and Jamie Teare also having his first Race at the distance (4th) 2.35.5 ran in the U13 800m Races. Seth Elliott took a good 4th place (5.14.9) and Daniel Brown (5th) 5.48.5 in the U13 1500m with Nicholas Smith again in his first ever attempt at the distance posting 5.08.7 in the U15B 1500m Race.
In the Horizontal and Vertical Jumps U15 Brothers Cameron Massey (4th) with 4.89m in the Long Jump and 6th (1.40m) in the High Jump and Nicholas Massey 2nd in the Long Jump (4.25m) and equal 2nd in the High Jump (1.40m) earned good solid points. The U13 Boys pairing of Ben Cecil (3rd) jumping 3.88m in the Long Jump and Luis Billington (3rd) with 3.40m added to the points tally. Jamie Teare had a shot at the U13 High Jump and cleared 1.10m for 6th place. Hannah Cookson placed 5th in the U15G ‘A’ Long Jump (4.16m) and was supported by Eleanor Grime in the ‘B’ with 3.72m (6th). Esme Pearse continued with her season of PB’s setting another one in the ‘A’ High Jump winning with 1.49m. Anjalie Singh (5th) 3.85m in the ‘A’ U13 Long Jump set a new PB by half a metre with Emily Raine 5th (3.29m) in the ‘B’. Emily and Olivia Blow both cleared 1.05m in the U13g High Jump.
V65 Mike Hazlewood was out in action at Huddinge AIS Friidrott on June 8th and was understandably happy with his overall performance in the Throws Pentathlon featuring five Throws. Mike told the club that “I managed to win my age group (and beat the current European champion by a huge 15 points!!!). My result was: hammer – 37.42 (757 points). Shot – 10.34 (732), discus- 35.95 (702), javelin- 34.49 (646) & weight – 14.56 (806). Total points 3642”.
Burnley & Pendle Grand Prix Series
Full Results HERE
In the latest round of the Series, Andy Buttery, Gary Pearse, John Sutton and Jonathan Bridge all turned out in this annual very tough Road Race, described as a Half-Marathon, but measuring 13.5 miles instead of the regulation 13.1 miles. (Photos courtesy of http://www.runningpix.co.uk/)
The Race won by Marc Hartley in 83.17 saw Andy kept up his charge for the Vet 40 title overall with a fifth place on the day and second V40 in 89.32. A royal battle took place between John Sutton and Gary Pearse, with John home in 7th place and 3rd V40 (92.30) and Gary seconds behind in 8th (92.33) and 4th V40. V45 Jonathan Bridge took 24th spot at the finish with 97.59 and fifth V45.
Preston Duathlon – June 8th 2014
Full Results HERE
Tom Blaney returning from a long period of injury cjose the Preston Duathlon to est out his fitness and was joined by V40 John Sutton. Tom won the event consisting of a one mile run, four mile bike ride and one mile run in 22.25 and John came second in 23.24.
Blackburn Harrier Sophie Hitchon has been selected to represent Team England in the Hammer Throw at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow.
Congratulations to Sophie from everyone at the Club.
Full Squad Details HERE
This is but the latest achievement gained by Sophie in her athletics career as can be evidenced by her Power of 10 profile below:
Domestic Championships Record
2007 – England Athletics U17 Open Championships HT gold
2008 – England Athletics U20 Open Championships HT gold
2009 – English Schools championships HT gold, England Athletics U20 Open Championships HT gold
2010 – Aviva European Trials & UK Championships HT silver, Aviva England U20 & World Trials Championships HT gold
2011 – BUCS Championships HT gold. Aviva World Trials & UK Championships HT gold. Aviva European U23 Trials & UK Championships HT gold
2012 – Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships HT gold
2013 – England Athletics U23 Championships & European Trials HT gold
Major Championships and International Highlights
2013 – IAAF World Championships HT 10th q. European Athletics Team Championships HT bronze. European Athletics U23 Championships HT gold
2012 – Olympic Games HT 12th, European Championships HT 11th
2011 – IAAF World Championships 13th q. Spar European Team Championships HT 9th. European U23 Championships HT bronze
2010 – IAAF World Junior Championships HT gold
2009 – European Junior Championships HT bronze
2008 – World Junior Championships HT 7th, Commonwealth Youth Games HT gold
Bottom of age U20 Ben Aspinall capped off a really good weekend at the Northern Championships at Sportscity. On Saturday he won the Lancashire County Schools Triple Jump Title after setting a new Long Jump PB (6.19cm). On Sunday Ben jumped to within 4cm of his Triple Jump PB when he landed 13.03m to take the Bronze Medal. Another cracking performance for an athlete who gets better as the season progresses.
Rob Warner who celebrated his twentieth birthday this week and who has also been in good form setting PB’s at 800m, 1500m and 3000m ran in the 5000m Senior Men’s Race, his first ever attempt at the distance on the Track. The final which featured seventeen athletes and won by Chris Livesey (14.45.95) saw Rob continue that really good form with an 8th place 15.11.22 clocking. No doubt there is a sub 15minute run on the cards by the end of the season.
Joe Pearse who won the Lancashire County Schools High Jump with 1.94m the day before at Blackpool, contested the Senior Men’s High Jump and cleared 1.93m the same height as the bronze medalist but finished an agonising fourth on count back. Oliver Aspden another Harrier in really good form ran 55.59sec in the Heat – finishing second – and in doing so knocked four tenths of a second off his PB, but was unable to contest the Final.
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